The Instruction and Curriculum program emphasis in Elementary Education prepares students in advanced content area instructional methods for the elementary classroom, curriculum development, assessment practices, and building a positive school and classroom environment.

Grand Valley State University's College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and adheres to standards set forth by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The faculty are leaders in their fields, melding together the philosophy of education and your needs as a practitioner.

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Career Outlook and Opportunities

$57,730-$92,940 MEAN ANNUAL SALARY
$57,730-$92,940 MEAN ANNUAL SALARY

The annual national mean salary for instructional coordinators is $64,878 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Elementary school teachers earned a yearly mean salary of $57,730 in 2015, while secondary school teachers made a mean yearly salary of $60,440. Elementary and secondary school administrators, including principals, assistant principals and school administrators, earned a yearly average of $92,940. Education Consultants make around $94,839 in Grand Rapids, Michigan according to Overall employment of postsecondary teachers is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026. Instruction and Curriculum graduates often hold the following job titles:

  • Instructional coordinator
  • Teacher
  • Instructor
  • Professor
  • Consultant

Why Study Instruction and Curriculum at GVSU?

  • Career-oriented. The program opens up a number of career opportunities for professional renewal and development of educators.
  • Service. The College of Education Student Information and Services Center provides centralized services for advising, program planning, field placement, and certification.
  • Flexible. Evening, weekend, and summer classes make it easier for teachers and administrators to plan their schedules. Some classes are offered online.


The M.Ed. in Instruction and Curriculum program is a minimum of 33 credits.

Download the program plan and view the College of Education course list page for full course descriptions.

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Program Director

Ellen Schiller, Ph.D.
(616) 331-7126


M.Ed. in Instruction and Curriculum admission requirements and application for admission are available online. The $30 application fee is waived if you’ve already applied to Grand Valley.

Early application is strongly encouraged. Applicants will be admitted on the basis of program approval. When all application materials have been received, Admissions will forward the complete portfolio for consideration to the College of Education – Student Information and Services Center. Once an application is complete, candidates should allow 4-6 weeks for written notification of their admission status.

  • May 15 — Fall Semester Application Intake
  • September 15 — Winter Semester Application Intake
  • February 15 — Spring/Summer Semester Application Intake

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For more information on tuition and fees, please visit the costs portion of the GVSU Financial Aid website. For financial support, scholarship search, and filing for FAFSA, please visit the GVSU Financial Support website.

Note: Grand Valley does not charge a higher tuition rate based on residency. Tuition is based on the program in which you chose to enroll.

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